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    Medicare adviser sets recommendations for diabetes device evidence

    A MEDCAC panel found time in range was an “extremely important” metric, but members were divided on whether quality of life measures should influence coverage.

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    How to reduce your patient acquisition costs

    Learn how to reduce patient acquisition costs and increase patient lifetime value through effective healthcare marketing strategies in this latest article from CallRail.

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    UnitedHealth’s Optum Rx unveils new drug pricing model

    Major pharmacy benefit managers are rolling out a flurry of ostensibly transparent and cost-effective models to retain clients and placate scrutiny over their role in rising drug costs.

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    FDA seeks AI tech to predict, detect Parkinson’s symptoms

    By testing artificial intelligence and machine learning models, the agency hopes to come up with best practices for Parkinson’s measures from wearables and smartphones.

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    Overturning of Roe v. Wade

    New online portal allows patients to report potential EMTALA violations

    The federal government and states have sparred over whether providers must cover emergency abortion services since Roe v. Wade was overturned in 2022.

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    Chicago children’s hospital completes cyberattack recovery

    Lurie Children’s Hospital has finished reactivating patient-facing systems, nearly four months after the provider first reported a network outage.

    Updated May 21, 2024
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    Providence posts $360M net income in first quarter, rebounding from years of losses

    The nonprofit operator attributed the gain to increased admissions and improved reimbursement rates from payers.

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    Tracking healthcare data breaches

    A data breach at an ambulance service may have exposed information from more than 850,000 people.

    Updated May 21, 2024
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    Change Healthcare cyberattack

    Providers urge HHS to clarify Change data breach reporting requirements

    More than 50 provider groups are asking the federal government to publicly state that UnitedHealth should handle data breach reporting stemming from the cyberattack on its subsidiary.

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    The state-by-state impact of Ascension’s cyberattack

    Healthcare Blog is tracking pharmacy operations, emergency room statuses and potential care delays across Ascension’s hospitals.

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    HHS agency launches program to automate cybersecurity at hospitals

    The program will invest more than $50 million to create a software suite that can automatically find potential vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit and deploy fixes.

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    Tracking Steward's decline

    Steward lays out timeline for asset sales

    Steward aims to sell its physician group and most of its hospitals by July, according to court filings. If it can’t find qualified buyers, hospitals may close.

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    Senate Finance Committee tackles Medicare physician pay reform

    On Friday, the committee released a white paper proposing Medicare adjust doctor reimbursement to account for inflation, a key goal for physician lobbies.

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    Epic continued to outstrip EHR competitors in 2023: report

    Epic was the only vendor to see a net increase in acute care market share last year, while Oracle Health saw its largest net hospital loss on record, according to Klas Research.

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    Cleveland Clinic names new CIO

    Sarah Hatchett, who has been serving as interim chief information officer, officially assumed the role on Thursday.

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    Kaiser nixes planned $500M Seattle med tower build, looks to sell property

    The nonprofit giant has recently opted to focus capital spending in its largest market: California.

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    Ascension hit with lawsuits days after ransomware attack

    Most data breach lawsuits settle out of court rather than through litigation, an expert told Healthcare Blog.

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    Kansas jilts CVS in new Medicaid contract awards

    Kansas kicked CVS to the curb in favor of an Elevance plan, while awarding contracts to incumbents UnitedHealth and Centene. The contracts are worth roughly $4 billion annually.

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    Providence CEO to retire at end of year

    The nonprofit health system is in the process of selecting Rod Hochman’s successor.

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    Jefferson Health, Lehigh Valley Health Network sign merger agreement

    The deal is expected to close this summer.

    Updated May 16, 2024
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    Judge dismisses FTC’s antitrust suit against Welsh Carson

    Regulators sued the private equity firm for consolidating Texas anesthesia markets. Now, a judge is holding Welsh Carson blameless while allowing the suit against its portfolio company, U.S. Anesthesia Partners, to continue.

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    ONC to provide grants for AI, behavioral health projects

    The agency seeks projects that evaluate and improve healthcare data used by AI and accelerate the use of health IT products among mental healthcare providers.

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    Humana CEO Bruce Broussard to depart July 1

    At that time, current Chief Operating Officer Jim Rechtin will take the reins of the health insurer, which is struggling with challenges in Medicare Advantage.

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    Kaiser rides completed Geisinger acquisition to $7.4B income in Q1

    However, the nonprofit provider and health plan warned subsequent quarters may be less profitable as expenses are projected to climb.

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    Inpatient admissions lift for-profit providers’ revenue during Q1

    Despite an “unusual” rise in inpatient volumes, executives at most of the leading for-profit health systems said they remain focused on outpatient investments.

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    US hikes tariffs on medical products from China

    The rate hikes focus on areas where the Biden administration has sought to boost domestic production, such as medical supplies that were essential to the COVID-19 pandemic response.